TUCSON, AZ – Chloe Trevor will play Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra on May 9 and 10. The work is not only one of the best-known violin concertos of the Romantic area but the piece she played to win her first major music competition at the age of 12. She likes the way the concerto captures vast expanses of emotion.
The final program of the SASO season also includes Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.
Critics praise Trevor’s “dazzling technique,” “huge tone” and “bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability.”
Trevor was smitten by music and the violin very young. Her mother is a violinist with the Dallas Symphony and her father is a conductor and a cellist. She began playing at the age of two. Today she’s considered a rising international star, having won grand prizes in the 2006 Lynn Harrell Competition, 2005 Lennox Competition, 2003 Dallas Symphonic Festival Competition and 2000 Collin County Young Artists Competition. In 2008 she was a silver medalist in the Ima Hogg Competition.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and her graduate degree as a scholarship student at Rice University. She’s on faculty at the summer Music in the Mountains Festival and Conservatory in Durango. She’s been the featured violinist at the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Hot Summer Nights three times.
Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a series of musical sketches of people within Elgar’s close circle of acquaintances, including his wife and himself. The first performance was conducted by Hans Richter in London. The work became an immediate success and has been widely recorded. According to the BBC, upon hearing the work, Richard Strauss declared that “here for the first time is an English composer who has something to say.” Like most overnight successes, it was the result of years of hard work. Elgar was 42 years old at the time.
Linus Lerner conducts the two performances. The native of Brazil has led orchestras, operas, choruses and instrumental groups around the world – including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United States. He also is music director of the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil and founder of the Oaxaca Opera Festival, where SASO has performed the past two summers. He also led the orchestra on two tours of China.
The concerts are Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at DesertView Performing Arts Center, 3990 S. Clubhouse Dr. in SaddleBrooke, and Sunday, May 10 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in northwest Tucson.
Tickets to the SaddleBrooke concert are $24 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 825-2818 or order online at http://tickets/saddlebrooketwo.com.
Tickets to the St. Andrew’s concerts are $23 and can be ordered phone at 308-6226, online at www.sasomusic.org or purchased at the door. Complimentary tickets are available at the St. Andrew’s performance for students age 17 or younger.
Longtime SASO supporter Dorothy Vanek is the season sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. Sponsor for the SaddleBrooke concert is Beatrice Simpson and sponsors for the St. Andrew’s concert are Carole and Jerry Levine.
Last year SASO released its first professional recording – CELEBRATION! – showcasing the diverse musical range of six Tucson composers. The 75-minute CD can be purchased at www.sasomusic.org for $18.50 including shipping.
This orchestra is a vital community resource unites performers and audiences through a passion for music. Founded in 1979, SASO presents world premieres, seldom-performed treasures and classical favorites. It also sponsors the annual Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition. To learn more, call 308-6226 or visit www.sasomusic.org.